Oh boy, I am an old lady lately – last night, I totally crashed around 8:40. I guess I’d had a busier day than I’d thought, even though I did nothing all morning! Of course, sometimes doing nothing for that long is more difficult than doing everything for just as long – for me anyway! haha. I always definitely feel more worn after a day (er…two classes worth) of class than I am after a day of work. Does anyone else find that to be true for themselves, too? Of course, one of the ponies I rode yesterday just about killed me – not in a dangerous way, in a “if I use any more leg muscle to get you to move, I’m going to be arnold schwarzenegger by the time I’m through” kind of way.
I woke up excited for my oat ritual that I so dearly missed yesterday morning. Glad to hear I’m not the only one who just loves the whole process of the morning! It’s gotten down to a science. Funny, because I hate science. I know when I need to start the oats, when I need to brew the K-Cup, when I need to start the topping, if I’m toasting anything, toast it now…oh, it’s great. And then the whole process of eating. I know it’s said to be bad to “do stuff” while you’re eating, and I used to do nothing. But now, I just enjoy sitting in my big comfy chair with my big fluffy quilt that my sister made herself, and reading blogs, e-mails, looking at horses for sale, finding interesting foodie finds, and the whole lot. I guess it’s more of a “surf and eat” rather than “surf while eating,” since I still make sure the oats get my full attention rather than eating them mindlessly.
I had pineapple on the brain since I had to open a whole can for last night’s dinner. Pina Colada oats crossed the mind, but after yesterday’s overnight carrot cake oats, I sort of felt like I needed to put love in a “real” bowl of carrot cake oats!
And that’s what I did. In the base of my tropical carrot cake oats:
- 1 T. oat bran, 3 T. Bob’s 5 Grain Plus Flaxseeds, 1 T. Wheat Bran
- 1/2 c. water, 1/2 c. almond milk
- 1/2 of a carrot, grated
- sliced pineapple
- trail power
- 1 scant tablespoon chia seeds
- cinnamon, and a small drizzle of maple syrup
And then of course, there’s the toppings. Ohhh, the toppings!!
- chia-flax icing
- toasted coconut & slivered almonds
- crystallized ginger
- Mae’s Tropical Toasted Coconut Butter (gahhh, I can’t say enough how amazing this is. I need to expand my vocabulary, but my mind is just too focused on the pure bliss that it is, that nothing else comes to mind.)
- and a compote of grated carrot, sliced pineapple, and golden raisins simmered in almond milk with a drizzle of maple syrup and some cinnamon.
…and then, you guessed it…I blog surfed and enjoyed my Sunday morning with my mom, chatting about animals and random tid-bits of life, sipping on our Timothy’s Sugar Bush Maple coffee, listening to Henry’s waspy snores from the living room.
Ahhh, such is life. Someday, I’ll learn to sleep in on a Sunday morning. Someday, I’ll go back to Pancake Sundays. I wonder if someday, I’ll look back and think I was crazy. Do you ever think about what you’ll think of yourself 20 years from now? I do. I mean, just this time last year, I’d still be sleeping, and maybe roll out of bed around 10:00. Have a slice of toast. Frantically do some homework. And then I don’t even know what. I’m happy with where I am now.
Wow, I’ve been getting sentimental lately. Sorry folks. Anywho, after eating I went on a crazy kitchen-cleaning rampage and organized just about everything, including putting open things in tupperwares for easier access to sneak a snacky hand into. I feel so accomplished after organizing, but I’m totally one of those people that gets way too involved and has way too high of hopes, and realize halfway through that I’m sick of cleaning and want to move on to bigger and better things. Like horses, on this beautiful Spring day.
Luckily, though, today didn’t quite follow that same predicament and my mom and I successfully and happily accomplished our mission. We put together a food shelf bag, too! I definitely encourage everyone to check out their cupboards – there’s probably more in there than you know 😉
What’s your “organizing method” entail? We weren’t a mess/wreck by any means, but since I have so many bulk-purchased dried fruits and nuts, it’s easy for me to get kind of lazy with re-sealing them properly, especially since they’re just little baggies with a twist-tie to close. I tend to just twist the plastic shut and call it done. With the warmer months approaching I know that’s going to get bad since bugs will be more attracted, so I put everything in resealable containers or resealable baggies. Maybe not too environmentally friendly, but I figure it’s not wasting toooo, too badly since I’ll just keep re-using them in this way, and I’ll definitely close them properly rather than the “lazy way.” I also limit the amount of oats/breakfast grain open at a time, too so that the open bag can always have a home in larger, airtight ceramic containers I have. I would like to get even more, though, so I can do the same with the flours we have. I have 6 different kinds alone! My mom, on the other hand, is normal. She has one. It’s all purpose. Where’s the fun in that? 😛
After our mission was accomplished I was ready for snack. My stomach tells me what time it is, and so I made up a protein cake with the last of my protein powder, topped with Crofter’s Europe and some cottage cheese. And cashews, that – may I say – were easy to grab from my newly organized “nuts & seeds cupboard.”
There was forecast for rain this afternoon, so my mom and I set out for a ride right about 10:45. It was beautiful out! Everyone behaved themselves quite well, and we were able to really enjoy ourselves.
And we didn’t get back until 1:15!! Neither of us could believe it. We were both starved though, and since I didn’t feel like taking the time to cook up a bunch of veggies, made up a repeat of yesterday’s lunch. No complaints – it happened to be what I was craving, anyways! I’m feeling a tempeh and jam panini obsession coming on strong!
I mixed in a little bit of TJ’s Sunbutter that Kelli sent me this time, too. I needed some salty to go along with it! Paired with some everything pretzel crisps with some almond mozzarella melted over – this hit the spot, but wasn’t quiiiite enough.
After doing some quick schoolwork, I cut up a plum with some cottage cheese … I swear, plum + cottage cheese + cinn + tiny drizzle of irish cream agave = best combo eveer.
Well, that and pesto-cottage cheese on toast. I forgot about the pesto I made…and needed to re-do pesto cottage cheese just as soon as I kicked butt on the last of my presentation. Just as good on toast as naan, I’d say. I may need to have a pesto-cottage cheese sammie for lunch tomorrow!!
Although…the combo also made an appearance in my less-than-aesthetically-pleasing dinner.
I gutted the fridge of random veggies, and was planning something ratatouille-esque, but with the veggies I had and some other elements I added, I sort of missed the mark. No less, it was quite tasty. Is anyone sick of my italian-esque veggie-packed meals lately? If so, I apologize. I can’t say I’ll be changing it, though.
In the bowl is a serving of whole wheat penne, mixed with a combo of broccoli, carrot, eggplant, roma tomato, and a portobello that were sauteed in balsamic vinegar, olive oil and minced garlic. Once the pasta was cooked, I mixed it with some of the pesto and a good spoonful of cottage cheese before combining everything.
Mmmm – diiiiiiiivine! I’d had this planned in the back of my mind since my last ratatouille (well, not exactly – I had another ratatouille on my mind, not this) but hadn’t craved it until tonight. Hey – cottage cheese and pesto works on bread, why not pasta? I wasn’t sure if it would be completely gross, but hey, go big or go home, right?! So I went big, and it was far from failure.
I hope everyone seized their Sundays and is oh-so-excited to go back to work and school tomorrow. We’re slated for another week of rain – no me gusta, once again. Ya’ll (yes, I just said ya’ll) are supposed to keep your rain, not send it east!!